Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species occurs from southern Sudan, to northern Malawi, through Uganda, into the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Ruwenzori Moutntains range), Rwanda and Burundi, central and southern Kenya and Tanzania. It is found up to 4,500 m asl. The distribution of populations formerly recognised as Otomys orestes is unclear, but are generally confined to the type locality area of Teleki Valley, near the summit of Mount Kenya, in Kenya from 3,200 to 4,500 m asl. Animals formerly recognised as Otomys dollmani are known only from the type locality of Mount Gargues, in the Matthews Range of Kenya, just north of Mount Kenya at about 2,100 m as
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Physical Description

Type Information

Type for Otomys dollmani
Catalog Number: USNM 181790
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Mammals
Sex/Stage: Male; Adult
Preparation: Skin; Skull
Collector(s): E. Heller
Year Collected: 1911
Locality: Mount Gargues (Uaragess), North Creek, Mathews Range, Rift Valley, Kenya, Africa
Elevation (m): 1829
  • Type: Heller, E. 1912 Jul 05. Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections. 59 (16): 5.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
It occurs in a wide variety of habitats from lowland to montane grassland and also from swamps. It is also known from plantations such as coffee and banana.

Systems
  • Terrestrial
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
LC
Least Concern

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2008

Assessor/s
Taylor, P.J. & Maree, S.

Reviewer/s
Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)

Contributor/s

Justification
Listed as Least Concern because it has a wide distribution including several protected areas, a presumed large population, and its population is not believed to be in decline at present.

History
  • 2004
    Least Concern
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Population

Population
Overall, it is a very common species. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo it has been recorded at 42.5 individuals/ha in disturbed savanna habitats, but in areas with fire regimes in place the populations are found to be much lower.

Population Trend
Stable
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Threats

Major Threats
There are no threats to this species. It can be a pest species causing damage to tree plantations.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
The range of the species includes a few protected areas. There is a need for further investigation into the taxonomic status of populations currently included within Otomys tropicalis.
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Wikipedia

Tropical vlei rat

The Tropical Vlei Rat (Otomys tropicalis) is a species of rodent in the family Muridae. It is found in Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, and Uganda. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical seasonally wet or flooded lowland grassland, subtropical or tropical high-altitude grassland, swamps, and plantations .

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Dollman's vlei rat

Dollman's Vlei Rat (Otomys dollmani) is a species of rodent in the family Muridae. It is found only in Kenya. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical high-altitude grassland and swamps. It is threatened by habitat loss. Some authorities, including the IUCN, regard it as a synonym of Otomys tropicalis.

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